Meeting an estranged lover and saying bye yet again makes for the plot of Dobara Alvida, a short film starring Swara Bhasker and Gulshan Devaiah. Directorial debut of Shashank Shekhar Singh, the film is a take on modern relationships and is available on Youtube. Swara, who has to her credit films like Nil Battey Sannata, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Veere Di Wedding, talks about her journey so far, the pandemic, LGBTIQA+ rights and more.
Shashank Shekhar Singh is an old and very dear friend. I knew that whenever he took a plunge, I would be there for him. That aside, when I read the script of Dobara Alvida, I wanted to be part of it anyway. Goodbyes are very tough, they feel terrible; Shashank has captured this universal feeling in his own special way.
When it comes to feedback, I don’t track numbers. However, I take the rating by audiences very seriously. Only time I read comments on social media is when viewers are talking about my film, just to understand their reaction. I am very sensitive about what people say about my work, as this is all that I have. I am not from a film family or backing; it’s my work that has made me what I am today.
Social media brings all kinds of reactions. I appreciate the love, but have also learnt how to ignore negativity. To anyone going through bullying, I would say don’t be cowed down it; the only way to deal with it is to stand up to it.
In the lockdown
The pandemic hasn’t changed me much. But my sleep schedule has gone for a toss and I have been eating junk food; it’s like I have forgotten that I am an actor. The good thing that has happened is that I have connected with lots of friends. Just before the last lockdown, I became a dog parent - I am a total dog person now! I also got to spend time in Delhi with my parents.
We are taking long strides when it comes to LGBTIQA+ rights. The judgment by the Madras High Court recently is a significant step in this direction. Progressive narratives are giving the message loud and clear. More and more LGBTIQA+ people are getting behind the camera and changing the narrative. Yet, there is a lot to learn.
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